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Apple Is Tinkering With Augmented Reality, Too, Analyst Says

By Daisuke Wakabayashi CONNECT What else does Apple CEO Tim Cook have up his sleeve? Associated Press With the Watch already on the way and an electric car in the research labs, what could be next for Apple? Piper Jaffray senior research analyst Gene Munster believes it could be augmented reality. In a research note […]

Tech Fails: What Annoys You Most About Technology

ENLARGE Last week, Personal Technology columnists Geoffrey A. Fowler and Joanna Stern shared their biggest tech annoyances and asked readers to share their own. We received a few hundred responses via email and social media. It turns out many of you have some of the same complaints. Here are edited versions of some of our […]

Microsoft to Offer Some Chinese Users Free Upgrades

BEIJING—Microsoft Corp. is offering some Chinese users a free upgrade to its latest Windows operating-system software, even if it is unlicensed, in its latest attempt to grapple with a market plagued by piracy and regulatory issues. The Redmond, Wash., software giant said on Wednesday that users of its Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 software…

Sync Your Family’s Music, Movies and E-Books So Everybody’s Happy

Updated March 17, 2015 4:11 p.m. ET Dear tech companies: If you want me, accept my family, too. Gadget makers and providers of digital services too often assume you’re all by yourself, wandering the Internet, buying apps, music and books for an audience of one. In reality, you’ve got a spouse, children, grandparents, roommates, cousins, […]

Unbundling Pay-TV Brings New Questions

The media industry is racing toward an Internet-TV future at a breathtaking pace. But the swift changes, highlighted by efforts from Apple Inc., Dish Network Corp. and others, are giving consumers an array of confusing options and forcing entertainment giants to confront some sober realities. Not long ago, consumers who wanted to watch “Monday Night […]

Uber CFO Brent Callinicos Steps Down

Brent Callinicos is stepping down as Uber Technologies Inc.’s chief financial officer after helping spearhead the car-hailing service’s fastest years of growth. Uber Chief Executive Travis Kalanick shared the news of Mr. Callinicos’s departure with investors Monday in an email reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Callinicos will stay on as an adviser to […]

Apple Plans Web TV Service in Fall

Apple Inc.’s lofty plans to build an online television service are coming into sharper focus. The technology giant is in talks with programmers to offer a slimmed-down bundle of TV networks this fall, according to people familiar with the matter. The service would have about 25 channels, anchored by broadcasters such as ABC, CBS and […]

Nintendo Opens Door to Smartphone Games

TOKYO—Nintendo Co. dropped its long-standing aversion to mobile gaming, saying Tuesday that it would begin developing games for smartphones based on characters such as Mario the plumber. The surprising about-face by Nintendo includes a partnership with DeNA Co., a Japanese mobile game provider, under which the companies will exchange ownership stakes and jointly develop “gaming […]

Pinterest Valued at $11 Billion After Latest Funding

Pinterest Inc. on Monday said it raised $367 million, giving the online site a valuation of $11 billion and making it one of the most highly valued startups by venture capitalists in the world. The latest funding more than doubles Pinterest’s previous valuation of $5 billion from less than a year ago, underscoring the premium […]

China’s Web Censors Target Cloud Firms

U.S. tech companies are caught in the middle of an escalating battle between China’s increasingly active Internet censors and the free-speech activists determined to thwart them. Activists outside of China say they are disguising Internet traffic banned by Beijing—which includes anything from social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, to Gmail and news websites—by tunneling […]

H-P Clears Hurdle in Shareholder Suit

A U.S. District Judge agreed Friday to approve preliminarily a settlement in a lawsuit by Hewlett-Packard Co. shareholders over the company’s acquisition of U.K. software firm Autonomy. H-P has been trying for nearly a year to settle the litigation filed by a handful of its shareholders, who said H-P’s now chief executive, Meg Whitman, and […]

FCC Leaves Wiggle Room on Web Rules

The details of the Federal Communications Commission’s new net-neutrality rules make clear the regulator is struggling with how to handle some of the hot-button issues that helped put the topic back on the agenda in the first place. The uncertainty in some of the rules, released in full for the first time Thursday, reflects in […]

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